week, we have discussed issues related to gender and sexuality. You should
have some idea of the ways that both biology and society shape our
expectations and views of both males and females. Sometimes, however, the
issue is not so clear-cut. If you are not familiar with the terms
"hermaphrodite" or "intersex," I suggest that you look
them up before participating in this week's discussion. Then link to and read
the following account: I also have attached it.
This is obviously a very tragic case on many levels.
1.) What does this case tell you about the power of biology?
2.) Does it support or refute Dr. Money's (and others') apparent view that
children are a "blank slate," and that they can successfully
transition from one sex to another if it is done early enough in childhood?
3.) Given what happened to David Reimer, what would be your opinion now on
whether "sex reassignment surgery" should be done on infants or
young children who are born with an intersex condition? Support your argument
with empirical research findings.
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